Bullnose Ray

The Bullnose Ray is broad with long and sharply pointed wings and a long tail armed with a venomous, barbed spine.

The snout projects distinctly from the body, appearing similar to a duck bill.

The top is grey, chocolate or brown while with white bellies.

Bullnose Ray Illustration by Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
Season Open Year-Round
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person No Limit
Delaware Range Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences The Bullnose Ray is often found in shallow estuaries or nearshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

They tend to swim at midwater, cruising close to the bottom when searching for prey.

They feed on squids, crabs, and small fishes.
Did You Know? The Bullnose Ray is Delaware's most common ray.

The Bullnose Ray is a non-aggressive animal, posing little threat to humans. However, when stepped on or caught by an angler it will use its spine in defense so be careful.

Any wound inflicted by the spine and associated venom would be painful but not lethal. It is suggested if you are wounded by the spine to seek medical attention.
Common Lures and Baits Often despised by fisherman, the Bullnose Ray is usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

It will readily take baits such as peeler crabs and clams.
Typical Sizes Caught Bullnose Rays can have a wingspan up to 33 inches.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Bullnose Rays are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record Bullnose Rays are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.